March 2019
New Zealand's health app library updates

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In this month's App Library newsletter we bring you new categories of app reviews, as well as New Zealand-focused apps and research. In response to requests from our readers, we’ve also created a ‘how to’ guide for app developers, which points you to useful local and international resources.   

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We also look forward to hearing from you with suggestions and comments. 

New Zealand's Health App Library team

New app categories

Health Navigator is always working to add new categories to the Health App Library. Recent new additions include: If there are other categories that you would like added email 

How to guides

If you're unsure about how to choose a health app, need information on how to improve your safety and security when using an app, or are thinking of developing a health app, check out the following Health Navigator 'how-to' guides.

Help me choose guidelines

Choosing health apps can be difficult because they each have different features and functionality. Many have been developed without input from healthcare professionals or objective assessment. We’ve searched the literature to find studies that identify desirable attributes for apps for specific health issues. Check out the ‘Help me choose’ section of the following app categories:

New Zealand-based apps

Positively Pregnant app
An app created by Waikato university for women who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, who want some tools for managing stress and maintaining wellbeing in the transition to parenthood.
Read more about the Positively Pregnant app.
Safe Sleeping app
An app for new and expectant mothers, carers and healthcare professionals on how to sleep baby safely and reduce the risk of sudden unexpected death in infants and fatal sleeping accidents.
Read more about the Safe Sleeping app.

Evidence corner

Research in the app space is growing substantially. The purpose of the Health App Library Evidence Corner is to showcase recent New Zealand studies on health apps.
  1. mHealth Interventions for Exercise and Risk Factor Modification in Cardiovascular Disease.
  2. Mass media promotion of a smartphone smoking cessation app: modelled health and cost-saving impacts.
  3. Evaluation of Self-Management Support Functions in Apps for People With Persistent Pain: Systematic Review.
  4. Impact of a smartphone app on prescriber adherence to antibiotic guidelines in adult patients with community acquired pneumonia or urinary tract infections.
  5. Health Benefits and Cost-Effectiveness From Promoting Smartphone Apps for Weight Loss: Multistate Life Table Modeling.

Share your experience or get involved 

  • Do you have experience using a patient-focused health app in a clinical setting?
  • Have you developed a health app or are you in the process of developing one?
  • Are you keen to help review health apps?
This month we are specifically looking for anyone with experience in the following areas; dementia or disabilities.

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